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Holly Solberg, CARE’s director of emergencies, talks about the relief efforts underway following typhoon Haiyan and we take calls from listeners with ties to the hard-hit country.
Two national MUST HAVES for future disaster relief:
1) SELF-CONTAINED, PORTABLE, STEAM-POWERED ELECTRIC GENERATORS (brought in on all-wheel-drive trucks, or dropped in from helicopter), powered by burnable rubbish that needs to be cleared anyway from distraught localities that need electricity. A by-product can be distilled water (steam-heated & condensed) for safe drinking & food preparation. [virtually free electricity and safe water!]
2) A GOVERNMENT MANDATE that all NEW AUTOMOBILES be able to quickly convert to PRODUCE HOUSEHOLD ELECTRICITY (listed below in the order of Cost vs. Productivity): a) Hybrid vehicles--already containing electric motors attached to fuel engines--are simplest to upgrade their designs for the production of household electricity. They are the first to be hired by localities in an electricity emergency. b) Stronger pulleys & belts on cars/trucks can be designed to quickly accommodate a power take-off--to power pumps, electric motors, etc.
Brian--would you consider doing a segment of your show on this?
Brian asked about communication & coordination. There's an organization called Telecom Sans Frontieres (Telecom Without Borders, http://www.tsfi.org/en) that works to establish or restore functioning communications in disaster zones. I think I 1st heard of them after the earthquake in Haiti.
Look up Filipino relief. I just sent a contribution to World Vision. There are a number of others as well.
Two points... What percentage of donations is actually going to relief?Could you post a list of NGOs that are the most effective.
My HEART GOES OUT TO THE POOR FILIPINO PEOPLE! 10,000 DEAD! I survived Sandy and that was horrible enough! We should all try to help them to the extent we can. No such thing as global warming? The one thing I do support Obama on is to get rid of fossil fuels ASAP! We will all suffer the same if we don't.
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